" I have loved you with an everlasting love;
I have drawn you with loving-kindness." Jeremiah 31:3
I recently attended a beautiful wedding where the young couples spoke vows about their everlasting love for one another. No one begins a life with another planning on it failing.
However, we live in a broken world, and as humans we are incapable of perfect love.
Now, does that mean I think people shouldn't try? Absolutely not! I think we should try, over and over again to love each other the way God loves us. I also believe that the more we lean into God's love, understand it, and receive it, the easier it becomes to love others.
The thing is, our human love is conditional. It doesn't necessarily mean I love you more or less, but we are driven by our emotions and passions. If you do something that makes me happy, my brain thinks that means I love you more. If we have an argument and you make me angry, at that moment my brain thinks I love you less.
Thank God, that is not how God operates! And, He calls us to love others even when we don't feel like it. I often have said to my children, "I will always love you, but at this moment, I don't like you." That may have been cruel- what I meant was I didn't like their behavior at that moment, but it wouldn't change my love for them.
God's love is perfect. We cannot be loved any more or any less. We don't have to earn it, and we don't deserve it. It is a gift.
Father God, thank you for loving me even when you may not like my behavior. Thank you that I don't have to earn your love, and therefore I cannot lose it. Most things in the world today are a commodity. Thank you that Your Love is constant. Help me to learn to love others as you love me.